I’m not proud of this, but my burner covers were dis-gust-ing!! They had caked on layers of grease, grime, dirt, food, etc. Totally gross. I’ve tried cleaning them in the past by hand, but even when scrubbing them with a cleanser and a brillo pad, they still looked horrible. I even put them through the dishwasher which did nothing for them. (I think it made them worse!)
So recently found out about how ammonia cleans them easily, they just need to soak. I was willing to give it a try.
Here’s what you need:
- Ammonia (I ended up using almost three 64 oz jugs) They cost $1.12 at Walmart, or $1 at Family Dollar.
- Heavy gallon-sized ziploc bags. 2 for each burner.
- Box with a plastic bag liner, or a plastic container
- For safety reasons – gloves, face mask (for the ammonia odor) and goggles. DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO. (I did not take my own advice)
I suggest doing this outside if possible, as you will need plenty of ventilation. If you do this indoors, keep your windows open. The ammonia odor is extremely powerful and really not good to breathe in.
As you can see in my pics, my burners were totally disgusting. I mean, gross-me-out-the-door disgusting. The stove gets cleaned every day. But the burners? Yes, they have been terribly neglected!
I repeat. I am not proud of this. They are so sticky I don’t even want to touch them.
First, double bag your ziploc baggies, and place a burner inside each one.
Then, pour in your ammonia. Use your own judgment as to how much you’ll need, but you’ll want the burner to be covered when it lays flat. I used almost 3 entire jugs for 4 burners. And my burners are pretty large.
Within minutes, you can see the ammonia already starting to work.
I squeezed as much air out of the ziploc baggies as I could, and then placed them on top of each other in a box that I had lined with plastic.
I then placed the box in a large, heavy trash bag, just as an extra precaution, in case any of the ammonia leaked out. And then I put the box out on my back porch overnight. You will want these to soak for a good 12 hours, at least.
The next morning, I removed the box and took out the baggies with the burners. 3 of the baggies were an amber color, but one was a really dark color. That one must have been the dirtiest of them all. Ewwwww! You can even see “stuff” floating around in the baggies. Double ewwww.
I took the baggies over to the sink, and opened them in the sink. You could see all sorts of gunk just pouring out of the bags. I grabbed a few paper towels and wiped them down while rinsing them with warm water, and all of the grime just wiped right off. No scrubbing necessary!
When I was done drying them, they looked like new again! This is the cleanest they’ve looked since I bought the stove 9 years ago.
Look at that shine!
And to think this took no elbow grease at all!